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Abstract #0784

Implementation of a 2.4 GHz wireless sensing platform for transmission of motion data from within a head coil at 3T.

Adam M.J. van Niekerk1, Andre J. W. van der Kouwe1,2,3, and Ernesta M. Meintjes1

1Division of Biomedical Engineering, Human Biology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 2Athinoula A. Martinos Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States, 3Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States

Prospective motion correction using external hardware can be compromised by poor marker attachment. In this work we introduce a new attachment site on the mastoid process of the subject. To achieve this, an active wireless marker is implemented that takes advantage of the versatility of an existing method (VectOrient). The effects of the device on the scanner’s operation and visa versa are evaluated. The small 14x16mm2 device shows good MRI compatibility. Any degradation in signal quality is localised and could be further reduced. The link quality is sufficient to stream patient motion parameters, quantifying patient pulse during MEMPRAGE and EPI pulse sequences.

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